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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-25-2016, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Beak trimming

When I adopted Ollie they told me I needed to get his beak trimmed every few months, I'm not sure if he's ready for a trim or not. How do I know?
His beak is no longer transparent on the sides like when I first adopted him.
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Show us a current picture of the side and the front of his beak, when trimming needs done it is usually done to the area that hooks under the beak as it gets very long.

Judging from this pic you posted a month ago his beak looks fine here.



In this pic I see the top part of his beak is a little long but really it doesn't look very bad either.




Does Ollie have a cuttle bone and mineral block in his cage? these can help him trim his beak if he gnaws on them.
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I'll try to get a picture of his side.
Yes he has a cuttlebone, mineral block, a wooden toy, and a coral beak trimmer and a sand perch.
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Here's the picture:
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Honestly I don't see where he might need a trim it looks okay to me.

If you think he needs a trim take him to an avian and have it trimmed it usually doesn't cost very much to get this done.
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When you adopted him, what did they say the reason was for trimming the beak?
Usually parrots don't need a beak trim unless there is a real overgrowth, health issue or problem eating. The beak naturally grows and sheds, and from regular playing and chewing and typical grooming the bird does on its own beak its fine on its own.
Do you have an Avian vet? When you take him for his next wellness visit you could talk to them about it, but I would advise against it unless there really is a problem.
The beak is so sensitive and its difficult to trim properly and can be dangerous to the bird if the person is not really experienced.
I know someone who thought her bird needed a beak trim (it did not) and told the vet she wanted it done (they should have informed her it was not nessecary) they did a lousy job and went to far on the tip and the bird had bleeding. She was very traumatized and had difficulty eating afterwards untill in grew back normaly.
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They just told my mom and I that he needed his beak and nails trimmed every few months, they didn't say why though, they asked the vet and she didn't know either.
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The vet he saw was the one at the shelter during his exit and entrance exam, they said his beak and nails were pretty bad when he was there and his feathers too. For the first week he smelt a bit but after a bath everyday his feathers were clean and he doesn't smell now.
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Maybe the vet at the shelter was just informing you that you might have to have your birds nails and beak trimmed every once in a while. I doubt it should be done every couple of months. Like Mrs.JP3 said unless there is a medical reason that might make the beak grow faster the beak shouldn't be trimmed often, or at all. If your bird had a medical issue you should have been informed of this when you bought the bird.

Mr Peepers had a liver disease and when I adopted him I had to have his beak trimmed almost every other week as it grew pointed quickly causing him to have problems eating properly.

I've had budgies that were 10 years old that had never needed or had their beaks or nails trimmed ever, they managed to trim their nails on the wooden perches and mineral perch I left in the cage. Their beaks were fine because they used their mineral perches and blocks and cuttle bones to keep them in shape.
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Ollie's parrot beak looks perfect.
I would suggest you to replace the wooden perches by natural branches from bird safe trees. That prevents beak overgrowth and problems with the joints when Ollie becomes older. It also helps the nails.
I don't have to trim parrots' beaks and nails at all.
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